Residents of the small town of Fruitland Park, in Central Florida, are still stunned after finding out last week that two of their city police officers had close ties with the Ku Klux Klan, the secret hate society that once was violently active in the area.
The link surfaced in a report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement based on information from the FBI, which learned about the connection during a broader investigation.
As a result, two police officers are no longer with the city department — Deputy Chief David Borst resigned and Officer George Hunnewell was fired last week.
The city of 5,000 residents is located about 40 miles northwest of Orlando. Fruitland Park was once known for its citrus groves and is in Lake County, where KKK violence in the 1940s and 1950s was chronicled in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Devil in the Grove.”